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Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will resume replacing the gas main and services on Warden Street, from Hudson Street to Geneva Street. For safety reasons, Warden Street will be closed. Local access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of Hudson/Warden, Shannon/Warden, and Geneva/Warden will be closed periodically as the utility cuts the pavement and replaces the gas main at or across these intersections. Work is scheduled to begin the week of July 13th and last through August.


Steuben County Public Works announces a week-long road closure to all through traffic from July 20th-24th in the Town of Bath has been. County Route 14, Bakers Gulch Road, between Nipher Road and State Route 415 in the Town of Bath will be closed for a B & H Rail Corporation upgrade to railroad signals and rehabilitation of the grade crossing surface. B & H Rail will post the off-site detour route using Nipher Road, Redmond Gully Road and State Route 415.


A press conference was held yesterday at the BOCES Campus Center in Horseheads regarding schools reopening in the fall and led by local Southern Tier lawmakers including Congressman Tom Reed, State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. Education officials asked Governor Cuomo to approve school re-openings in the fall and provide guidance and plans to do so safely but Cuomo said yesterday that would be “reckless and negligent” to decide today what schools can do in the fall due to data charting the spread of COVID-19 is rapidly changing. State Senator O’Mara believes the Governor needs to keep in mind the different needs and circumstances of school districts and communities across the state and provide more flexibility when considering reopening. O’Mara said: “One size doesn't fit all…” Cuomo said districts will have to submit individual plans to the state by July 31st and a final decision will come Aug. 7th.


The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that an additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 291 confirmed cases, 13 of which are currently active.  The individual is a resident of the City of Corning. The individual has been staying in another county in New York for over a week and is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department there.  Steuben Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.


In addition to the Steuben County case, an individual from another county in NY has tested positive and is being isolated and monitored in Steuben County.  This individual is not counted in Steuben County’s case reporting. The investigation of this individual indicates they visited the Lakeview Mini Mart and Liquor Store in Bath on Monday.


Tuesday night, Bath Volunteer Fire Department presented Doug Bigelow was presented with an award and certificate for his 50 years of service to the Department! Over the years, Doug has been on several truck committees to help specify new apparatus, and helped the Department’s maintenance crews. Bigelow is a past Assistant Chief, Bath Village Auxiliary Police and Fire Police. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department says they are very grateful for the many contributions Doug Bigelow has made!


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that July 5th, deputies arrested 30-year-old Andrew J. Smith of North Carolina following an investigation of a reported domestic incident occurring on Trout Lane in the Town of Wayne.  Mr. Smith allegedly possessed a pistol without a permit. Smith was charged with Criminal Possession of a Firearm, a class E Felony and arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

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